California Poppy

#0634 California Poppy
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This was from a photo taken on the Muir Beach walk last week. A tiny delicate little thing, smaller than it it appears here, with deep colouration. I was told it was the State flower… and Wikipedia agrees:

The California poppy is the California state flower. It was selected as the state flower by the California State Floral Society in December 1890, winning out over the Mariposa lily (genus Calochortus) and the Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri) by a landslide, but the state legislature did not make the selection official until 1903. Its golden blooms were deemed a fitting symbol for the Golden State. April 6 of each year is designated “California Poppy Day.”

From plein air to abstract landscape in Buena Vista Park

I walked to the top of Buena Vista Park just above Height today. Saw the people & their dogs. I had a glimpse of the park yesterday and the first sketch in this series was from memory of something I’d like to do when I walked in the park.

Here is the final image – I will put that here, and link to the day’s work all on one page. There were also some “combinations of “layers” I found striking, so I have added them in.

See all nine Buena Vista sketches.

#0633 Buena Vista IX
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Winter Tree

#529 Winter Tree
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11″ x 8.5″ image on 13″ x 19″ archival matte paper.

These are in the wrong order. I did this one before the last one. One thing does lead to another, I like that. On this occasion I like this one better than the second.

Lead pencil plus oil? Seems ok here but might seem wrong in real media?

Harakeke

#355 Harakeke
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Harakeke is the Maori name for New Zealand flax. I have a category for it on the right, Flax, click that & you will see a wide variety of ways I have connected with this iconic plant.

This one was flowering but on display outside a shop called Harakeke in the new High street development in Christchurch.

I am pleased with the way my Ink & Wash style is evolving.

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This print is in a limited edition of 25 Giclée prints on A4, 21 cm x 29.7 cm archival paper. The image size is 13 cm x 13 cm. Suitable for a smaller frame. The next available print is: 1/25 Purchase Print

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Sunday, 17 August, 2008

This image is availalable printed in a limited edition. It is available exclusively on Felt, a New Zealand Art & Craft website.

image felt art for sale site

Lillies

#312 Lillies
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This is not really a Lily, but a buttercup. Ranunculus Lyallii

it is iconic in New Zealand and iwas the emblem for Mt Cook Airlines and buses until Air New Zealand took them over. I want to find one of those old logos, can’t find it on the web.

I was pleased to find these on my walk up to the Ball Shelter.

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This print is in a limited edition of 25 Giclée prints on A4, 21 cm x 29.7 cm archival paper. The image size is 17.5 cm x 12.5 cm. The next available print is: 1/25 Purchase Print

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Anemanthele Lessoniana – Tussock

#202 Anemanthele Lessoniana – Tussock
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In an discussion about flax & tussocks the challenge came up to sketch tussocks, this one is half way to the next one.

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This print is in a limited edition of 25 Giclée prints on A4, 21 cm x 29.7 cm archival paper. The image size is 17.5 cm x 12.5 cm. The next available print is: 1/25

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